Oberst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Oberst is derived from the German words "ober," meaning "upper," or "above," and the word man.

Early Origins of the Oberst family

The surname Oberst was first found in East Prussia, where the name Oberer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Oberst family

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Oberst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Oberer, Ober, Obermann, Obererman, Obermans, Oberers, Obere, Oberman, Oberman and many more.

Early Notables of the Oberst family (pre 1700)

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United States Oberst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oberst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Oberst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Oberst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex Oberst, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Franzisca Oberst, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Oberst (post 1700) +

  • Oberst Joachim Helbig (1915-1985), German officer and pilot in the German Luftwaffe bomber arm during World War II


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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